Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve, Nicaragua

Put me on a boat in the sunshine with a frozen drink and I’m in a serious happy place. This adventure didn’t include the frozen drink, but it was still a pretty great happy place and I saw a lot of nature. Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve is known for it’s eclectic range of birds….

Las Penitas, Nicaragua

Just like most countries, Nicaragua is not the same throughout it’s beautiful land. The landscape changes as you move north and south, east and west and as the land changes so does the general vibe of the culture. In the Northwest part of Nicaragua, just 20 minutes West of Leon, is a small coastal town…

Granada, Nicaragua

Granada is a popular city in Nicaragua with a very Spanish colonial vibe. It is one of the more touristy cities in Nicaragua. A beautiful city with a lot of photo opportunities, gives this city a place on the map. It turned out to be my least favorite city out of the ones we went…

Laguna De Apoyo, Nicaragua

Willy Wonka said it best, “If you want to view paradise, simply look around and view it.” Too often I see people walking around looking at their phones instead of looking at all the beautiful things around them, sometimes unfortunately including people that love them. It’s OK to look at your phone and take breaks,…

Ometepe Island, Nicaragua

We organized a tour guide for our trip to Ometepe Island. We needed to catch the 745am ferry, we got there at 735am and felt so good about getting there early. Except, Nicaraguans are punctual and sometimes the ferry leaves early. Who knew? Not us. We were informed we could still make it, but would need…

San Juan Del Sur & Playa Mathilda, Nicaragua

If you ever want to test your comfort zone, go to a foreign country where you don’t know the language. I knew a decent amount to get us all by in Nicaragua, but there were definitely a few moments where I just nodded, acted like I understood and left with a “WTF did they just…

Yarra Valley: Australia Wine Country

Living close to Willamette Valley and having been to Napa/Sonoma Valley, I get very excited about wine countries. I wasn’t too sure what to expect in Australia’s Yarra Valley, but I can now say it is quite gorgeous. The wine results are definitely different than what I have been used to, but a lot of…

Prahran Market

When I go to a new place I like to ask locals things I should check out. There really isn’t a better audience to ask than the locals. I could look at the internet all day, but sometimes the places online are tourist traps. The second day in Australia I asked someone at a cafe…

Melbourne Botanic Gardens: Day 1

The Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne is so big that I had to split up into two days. There are so many plants to look at and many different paths to explore that I would have needed a long full day to get through all of it. I’m sure if you just wanted to walk…

Great Ocean Road, Australia

I took a small tour bus on a Tuesday to the Great Ocean Road. The first stop was to get breakfast about two hours away from Melbourne in a little town called Colac. I had the best cappuccino at this small, modest cafe called Trocadero Cafe. It would be easily missed if it weren’t for the tour…

No To Pants

I was in Australia last month and the holiday gatherings have been upon me. I’ll add some pictures soon, but in the meantime enjoy a video about Reasons Wearing Pants is the Absolute Worst from my favorite series Whine About It. Everyday Adventures, Tamara

Be a Voice, Be Diplomatic

It’s a typical morning on my way to work, except it’s now cloudy and cold when I walk to the bus stop. It’s November. It’s supposed to be cold. I check my phone every few seconds to watch the updated transit tracker tell me how far the bus is. It’s still two minutes away, just…